With each piece, my work typically begins with a process of close observation and admiration. In that sense, a great deal of work is done before I begin making any marks. Once I’ve laid in enough of a technical foundation, the rest is dancing. It’s an interpretation not of lived experience, but of its impact on me, of the ways such things move me—a small but important distinction. What motivates the choices I make in every piece is the desire to surprise myself, and to make things that bring me a sense of awe.